Jurickson Profar collapses after collision, Padres beat Giants in 10

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar collapsed as he was trying to walk off the field after a scary collision with rookie shortstop C.J. Abrams during a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Profar was eventually strapped onto a stretcher, his neck in a brace, and driven off the field on a cart as his teammates watched from a few feet away. Profar pumped his right fist to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd and appeared to be smiling. He was taken to a hospital and no update was immediately available.

“No tingle or anything in the arms, but what we’re worried the most is probably a concussion at this point,” said manager Bob Melvin, who added that Profar never lost consciousness. “But they’re checking everything out.

“It’s awful but he makes it easier on the fact that he’s smiling. He’s laying there smiling,” Melvin said. “We get him up but all of a sudden he goes down again. Any time you put somebody on a stretcher like that it’s an awful feeling. But looking at him, the way he is trying to make everybody feel OK about it with a smile on his face, makes you feel a little bit better.”

The Padres won it in the 10th on pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro‘s bases-loaded single. Kim Ha-seong started on second as the automatic runner and Austin Nola was intentionally walked. Kim took third on Trent Grisham‘s bunt single. Jarlin Garcia (1-3) didn’t have a play at third and was late throwing to first. Alfaro then stroked a single to center to win it.

Manny Machado homered for the first time in nearly three weeks and ace Joe Musgrove combined with three relievers on a two-hitter. The Padres won for just the third time in 11 games. The Giants lost for the 13th time in 17 games.

Profar and Abrams both went after a fly ball hit by Tommy La Stella into shallow left field in the fifth inning. Abrams made the catch with his back to the infield and his left knee hit Profar in the left jaw as the left fielder appeared to be positioning himself for a diving catch.

Profar rolled onto his back and was writhing in pain. He was tended to for several minutes and at one point sat up. He attempted to walk off the field, accompanied by trainers, but collapsed just as he got to the infield dirt.

He was on the ground for several more minutes, surrounded by the training staff, before a medical cart arrived. Profar was placed on a stretcher before being driven off on the cart.

Abrams remained in the game.

Profar “seemed in good spirits,” Musgrove said. “I know he wanted to walk off the field. The kind of guy he is, he doesn’t want to get stretchered out of there. He’s doing everything he could to walk off.

“I didn’t realize the severity of it until I saw the slow-motion replay of it once I came out of the game,” Musgrove added. “A lot of credit to C.J., once the ball’s in the air he was going for it.”

Machado homered into the second deck in left field off Logan Webb with one out in the fourth. It was his 13th. The slugger’s last homer came on June 18 at Colorado, a game before he sprained his left ankle after slipping on first base. Machado missed nine games before returning to the lineup on June 30.

Musgrove held the Giants to one hit while striking out six and walking four.

Nabill Crismatt (5-1) pitched the 10th for the win.

Taylor Rogers was one out from his 24th save when he allowed Brandon Crawford‘s RBI single to right. That brought in Austin Slater, who reached when he was hit by a pitch on the foot and then stole second.

Webb went eight innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out two and walking one.


Former team CEO and president Larry Lucchino and former longtime broadcaster Ted Leitner were inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame. Lucchino was the driving force behind the approval and design of Petco Park, which opened in 2004.


Giants: Placed LHP Jose Alvarez on 15-day Injured List with left elbow inflammation and recalled RHP Zack Littell from Triple-A Sacramento.

Padres: All-Star SS Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to meet soon with the surgeon who repaired his fractured left wrist in March. Melvin said Tatis could be cleared to begin taking batting practice with no limitations. Tatis has been taking grounders at shortstop as well as fly balls in the outfield among other preparations for his return, which likely will be after the All-Star break. … INF Kim missed his second straight start with a sore left thumb but was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.


The Giants haven’t named a starter for Friday night’s game to oppose Padres LHP Blake Snell (0-5, 5.13).

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.